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Castle Williams

Changing with the Times

 
 
Castle Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
1. Castle Williams Marker
Inscription. Welcome to Castle Williams. This stone fort was built in 1811 to defend New York City against naval assault.

The attack never came. Over the next two hundred years, the once state-of-the-art fort was re-used: as housing for army recruits, as a military prison, and briefly as a Coast Guard community center.

The National Park Service invites you to explore Castle Williams. Visit exhibits inside and outside its walls. Take a tour. Talk to a ranger. Experience a national treasure.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 41.548′ N, 74° 1.131′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Hay Road and Andes Road, on the left when traveling south on Hay Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on Governors Island, near the entrance to Castle Williams. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Castle Williams (a few steps from this marker); Early North American Colonist Remains (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Castle Williams (within shouting
Castle Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
2. Castle Williams Marker
distance of this marker); Group Effort (within shouting distance of this marker); Across the Harbor: Remembering September 11th (within shouting distance of this marker); McKim, Meade & White, Architects of Governors Island (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andes Road (about 500 feet away); Governors Island History in Brief (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
 
More about this marker. The background of the map contains a map of Governors Island. The location of the marker is indicated, as well as Castle Williams, South Battery, Fort Jay and flagpole, Soissons Dock Ferry Slip, and other features. It has a caption of “Governors Island in 1813 (dotted area) and the island today. Landfill from excavation for the New York City subway and dredged material from New York Harbor were used to add 102 acres in the early 1900s. The red line shows the 22-acre Governors Island National Monument, established in 2001 and administered by the National Park Service.

Five pictures appear along the bottom of the marker. These have captions
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By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
3. Castle Williams
of: “Castle Williams was built between 1807 and 1811 in New York Harbor.”; “During the Civil War, Castle Williams housed army recruits – as well as Confederate prisoners, Union deserters, and spies.”; “After the Civil War, the U.S. Army continued to use Castle Williams as a prison.”; “When the army left in 1966, the Coast Guard took over. The fort was initially used as a community center.” and “In 2003 Castle Williams came into the care of the National Park Service. Today rangers, volunteers, and partners help you uncover its stories.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Detailed information about Castle Williams on Governors Island. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors Island website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Entrance to Castle Williams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
4. Entrance to Castle Williams
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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